The Doctoral Grants
A range of grants and scholarships were initiated in 2012 that are targeted to expanding the CGS to include more doctoral students. It was motivated by the need to support field activities during PhD studies and to ensure that there is an emphasis on participatory, action research. It is also a mechanism to provide opportunities for regional students to attend courses outside their home countries and give impetus to upgrading, and diversifying, the qualifications of faculty throughout the region.
- The Doctoral Regional Scholarship (DRS) is a scholarship awarded competitively to candidates accepted for registration at a RUFORUM sponsored taught PhD program outside their home country. The conditions of these scholarships differ, depending on the sponsor, and applicants are referred to each specific call for details. Normally a DRS will cover a full 3-4 year doctoral scholarship to attend one of the RUFORUM Regional Programs and includes fees, stipend, research, travel and supervision and oversight costs. Women and faculty from RUFORUM member universities are particularly encouraged to apply.
- The Doctoral Regional Research Grant (DRRG) is a competitive research grant made directly to students who have completed their first year of coursework at a RUFORUM supported Regional PhD program, normally only to candidates from outside their home country. These awards are between $10,000 - $20,000, and are awarded over the two years required to complete the research, produce their thesis and related publications. The value of the award and special conditions vary depending on the individual call and the sponsor. A sponsor may also designate these awards for students enrolled at specified universities or in particular disciplines. Women and faculty from RUFORUM member universities are particularly encouraged to apply.
- The Doctoral Finalization Support (DFS) is a competitive grant awarded to students with no or limited funding who require support to finalize their doctoral research, publish their theses, papers and for the effective dissemination of their results. These awards are made on a competitive basis to students who have completed all coursework and fieldwork at a RUFORUM sponsored PhD program and who have the support of their supervisors and the university. The value and conditions of the DFS vary according to sponsor, but will normally be $10,000 to cover all completion costs, meetings, travel and publications. Preference is given to candidates studying outside their home country. Women and faculty from RUFORUM member universities are particularly encouraged to apply.